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August 21, 2012. My plane lands and I practically stumble off, exhausted from a very early DC departure. The moment I enter the bustling airport, I am immediately invigorated by the glorious, rich smell of coffee. Lots and lots of coffee. I have arrived. My 2 days in Seattle have begun! The next

[caption id="attachment_2649" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image by Frank Wilson[/caption]   I stumbled across a marked-up essay from 1997 as I was cleaning out a dusty and over-filled cabinet. Sitting on my floor, papers littered all around me, I was transfixed as I re-read it to myself. The assignment was simple- "Write a descriptive essay." While

After nearly 4 years, it's time to shake things up around here! Today I'm unveiling a brand new site design, created by the talented team at Hop and Jaunt. We've been working together tirelessly over the last few weeks to develop a look that embodied the fun, bold and whimsical emotions that

After driving over 5 hours yesterday to visit Olympic's beaches and the Hoh Rainforest, we stuck closer to our campsite for our third and final day. But in Olympic, we didn't need to drive far to experience some magnificent scenery. We started by taking the 17 mile road from Port Angeles

Just shy of 1,500 square miles, Olympic National Park is the 13th largest National Park in the US. Olympic's unique because it contains 3 distinct eco-systems within its borders. At lower elevations, it's home to temperate rain forests with moss-drapped trees and ferns aplenty. Then, there's the 73 miles of

My parents are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary this summer by taking a 6 week road trip across the US. Just them, a camper van and America's best national parks. (It's tight quarters, so I guess they still must like each other!) I coordinated my Seattle trip to align with their

After such a spectacularly whirlwind-tastic first day exploring Seattle, I was ready to use my second day to slow things down just a bit. Part of travel isn't just hitting all of the top sites but trying to also get a feel for what the destination is all about. What

Today, I flew to Seattle. I left on a 6 am flight... incredibly early. All in an effort to give myself as much time today as possible so I could begin my  whirlwind tour  of the city. (What I like to call "unapologetic tourist syndrome.") I arrived at 10:30 AM, perky

Montreal. How I’ve lived in Washington, DC, a mere 10 drive hours away, for 31 years without taking the time to visit this gem of a city is beyond me. It is, for lack of a more exciting or descriptive word... lovely. A true remedy for any American’s wanderlust. I wasn’t

The Open Road. Is there anything better than getting in your car and heading out on a kick-ass road trip? For me, a road trip is one of the best ways to travel because the journey is the destination. (Profound… I know.) I’m a big fan of creating playlists to accompany my

This past Memorial Day weekend, while friends and family were heralding in the start of summer with BBQs and lazy afternoons by the pool, I was practicing my French while exploring the charming cobblestone streets of Montreal, Canada. I’ve been eager to visit Montreal for years, and I was excited to

When most people think of Walt Disney World in Florida, visions of Cinderella’s Castle, mouse ears, fast roller coasters and a hearty dose of Disney magic immediately rush to mind. But much more than theme park fun, I recommend taking some time during your trip to explore some of the official